No one has ever imagined that a star getting ripped apart by a massive black hole could be captured!
But NASA, coupled with Ohio State University, did something that was not only incredibly rare to capture, but equally challenging and difficult.
As Science Alert puts, what we are finally getting to witness is actually what occurred 375 million years ago. However, the light is only reaching now.
The star that this article shall explore is estimated to be rough of the same size as that of our sun. For more details, read on below.
How Did NASA Make It Happen?
This particular incident is a great example of technological advancements.
As per Ohio radio station WOSU, it was through state-of-the-art satellite and a network of robotic telescopes that NASA turned the unexpected notion into a reality.
The robotic telescopes were also known as the ASAS-SN, which stands for All-Sky Automated Survey for Supernovae.
The supermassive black hole captured in the video is estimated to weigh approximately 6 million times the mass of the sun.
In addition to this, it is located in the Volans constellation. This stands about 375 million light-years away from the planet Earth.
The Tidal Disruption Event Or TDE
The event in question was referred to as a TDE, or tidal disruption event. Such an event is not only rare but also requires certain conditions to occur.
Speaking of its rarity, it occurs once every 10,000 to 100,000 years in a galaxy that has the size of the Milky Way.
The fact that such an incident is so rare makes it increasingly difficult to capture it.
The star will be sucked in without a single trace if it is found anywhere near the black hole.
However, if the star is wandering too far away, it would simply move back roughly in the opposite direction of the black hole upon impact.
Eventually, it will bounce back into space.